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Red Bay's Roberts Notches 800th Career Victory

 

                                                           By KEITH LETBETTER
                                              Red Bay News (Special to the AHSAA)

    Red Bay High School girls coach Donnie Roberts notched the 800th win of his long prep basketball coaching career Jan. 25 as the Lady Tigers beat Colbert Heights 64-37. The Lady Tigers improved to 22-2 this season with the win.
    Roberts, who has compiled an 800-346 overall record in his 41-year coaching career, is now the state’s career wins leader for girls basketball and the first in state history to win 800 games.  He will be inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame in March as a member of the Class of 2014.

   “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years Icoached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than Idid.

   After earning a Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater, Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state playoffs.
    “I came here and took over a team that was 9-11 the year before. We had a real good year that first year and we went 19-5,” Roberts said.

    Roberts, who owns a 658-219 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently directed Red Bay to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
     “It takes a combination of things to have a state championship program. It does take coaching, but it also takes pride in our program from our girls.”

      Roberts said that it also takes the involvement of the community.

“Everybody here is involved in it,”said Roberts. They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.

      Roberts said that over the years some of the best memories he has is that of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah.

“I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”

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ASWA Basketball Rankings (1-31-13)

(Selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association)

 

GIRLS
CLASS 6A
1. Sparkman (27-0)
2. Shades Valley (27-1)
3. Hoover (19-4)
4. Blount (24-4)
5. Bob Jones (25-4)
6. Huntsville (22-6)
7. Murphy (21-4)
8. Mountain Brook (18-5)
9. Carver-Montgomery (20-2)
10. Austin (19-6)
Others nominated: Buckhorn (20-7), Clay-Chalkville (24-3), Davidson (18-6), Jeff Davis (20-7),Lee-Montgomery (19-6).

CLASS 5A
1. Brewer (24-1)
2. Center Point (18-9)
3. Faith Academy (22-4)
4. Wenonah (24-5)
5. Valley (21-2)
6. Sylacauga (21-3)
7. Fairfield (17-8)
8. Central-Tuscaloosa (20-4)
9. Carroll (22-4)
10. Athens (13-12)
Others nominated: Cullman (14-9), Hayden (19-5), Jackson (17-4), Lawrence County (20-6).

CLASS 4A
1. Oneonta (23-3)
2. UMS-Wright (22-3)
3. Clarke County (21-3)
4. Jacksonville (20-4)
5. Brewbaker Tech (18-1)
6. Anniston (24-4)
7. Madison County (18-6)
8. Randolph (20-3)
9. Douglas (21-8)
10. Cherokee County (19-6)
Others nominated: Calera (15-7),Carbon Hill (21-5),Childersburg (15-6),Locust Fork (18-8),St. James (18-4).

CLASS 3A
1. Lauderdale County (25-4)
2. Mars Hill Bible (22-6)
3. Madison Academy (20-7)
4. Pisgah (16-7)
5. Midfield (16-9)
6. Deshler (19-7)
7. Holly Pond (22-4)
8. Ashville (22-3)
9. Straughn (25-2)
10. Danville (21-8)
Others nominated: Abbeville (16-5), Clements (15-12),Glencoe (17-9), Greensboro (17-6),Piedmont (20-6),Winfield (17-6).

CLASS 2A
1. Woodland (26-2)
2. Prattville Christian (27-0)
3. North Sand Mountain (23-3)
4. Lexington (23-6)
5. Red Bay (21-3)
6. Cold Springs (17-6)
7. Providence Christian (19-3)
8. Ariton (21-1)
9. Sand Rock (18-6)
10. Flomaton (19-2)
Others nominated: Aliceville (18-4), Fyffe (16-8), Lamar County (14-4), Montgomery Academy (14-9),R.C. Hatch (13-3).

CLASS 1A
1. St. Luke's (22-1)
2. Covenant Christian (22-3)
3. R.A. Hubbard (15-4)
4. Lynn (24-1)
5. Marengo (14-2)
6. Brantley (17-6)
7. Ragland (19-5)
8. Winterboro (25-2)
9. Keith (22-3)
10. Falkville (17-2)
Others nominated: Berry (21-4), Collinsville (20-4), Geneva County (19-3), Holy Spirit (20-6), Notasulga (15-6),Skyline (17-7).

BOYS
CLASS 6A
1. Carver-Montgomery (20-1)
2. Lee-Huntsville (27-3)
3. Hoover (26-2)
4. Thompson (24-3)
5. Murphy (21-6)
6. McGill-Toolen (19-6)
7. Jeff Davis (20-7)
8. Mountain Brook (22-5)
9. Austin (15-6)
10. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (18-7)
Others nominated: Blount (18-6), Hazel Green (19-7), Opelika (16-8), Oxford (21-6), Smiths Station (21-5), Sparkman (22-6).

CLASS 5A
1. Wenonah (25-1)
2. Paul Bryant (24-3)
3. Sumter Central (18-4)
4. Jackson (21-2)
5. Shelby County (23-5)
6. Central-Tuscaloosa (17-6)
7. Athens (19-7)
8. St. Paul's (16-6)
9. Talladega (19-8)
10. Homewood (21-6)
Others nominated: Columbia (17-8), Parker (15-5), Southside-Gadsden (16-5), Spanish Fort (21-5).

CLASS 4A
1. Dallas County (21-5)
2. Brewbaker Tech (18-5)
3. Wilcox Central (17-4)
4. Madison County (19-4)
5. J.O. Johnson (16-9)
6. Monroe County (17-4)
7. Brooks (21-6)
8. Carbon Hill (17-8)
9. Childersburg (17-9)
10. Douglas (18-7)
Others nominated: Charles Henderson (14-6), Dadeville (16-8), Dora (15-7), Hillcrest-Evergreen (13-6), Hokes Bluff (16-8).

CLASS 3A
1. Greensboro (21-2)
2. West Morgan (22-4)
3. Midfield (16-9)
4. Mars Hill Bible (22-5)
5. Geraldine (19-6)
6. Barbour County (17-6)
7. Leeds (16-9)
8. Bayside Academy (21-6)
9. Daleville (23-2)
10. Trinity (17-4)
Others nominated: American Christian (17-6), Holly Pond (19-5), Sipsey Valley (21-5), Southside-Selma (17-8), Straughn (16-5), White Plains (22-5).

CLASS 2A
1. Tanner (19-2)
2. Washington County (16-1)
3. Vincent (20-5)
4. R.C. Hatch (16-6)
5. Lanett (20-5)
6. Westbrook Christian (22-3)
7. Elba (20-3)
8. Houston Academy (19-6)
9. Wicksburg (18-6)
10. Section (15-8)
Others nominated: Francis Marion (15-10), Luverne (16-8), North Sand Mountain (17-8), Prattville Christian (20-8).

CLASS 1A
1. St. Jude (21-5)
2. Collinsville (23-2)
3. Parrish (23-1)
4. Keith (17-9)
5. Linden (19-1)
6. Cedar Bluff (17-7)
7. Ragland (19-6)
8. Marion County (19-5)
9. St. Luke's (17-9)
10. Skyline (18-6)
Others nominated: Autaugaville (15-5), Brantley (14-5), Phillips-Bear Creek (20-6), Pickens County (14-6), Sacred Heart (20-5), Sumiton Christian (19-6).